About Insight Associates
Who we are
Founded in 1992 Insight Associates is well known as a professional accountancy firm with a difference!
Our area of expertise lies in the development, implementation and continuous delivery of high quality, meaningful financial and accounting information to aid the decision making of our clients. This information, together with our hands on commercially focussed support, is interpreted and presented to our clients to use as a successful management tool to accelerate the growth and profitability of their business.
Insight Associates take responsibility for all aspects of financial management and accounting from experienced Finance Director input, through to cash flow monitoring, credit control, monthly management accounts, payroll, VAT returns, statutory accounts & compliance, funding & business planning.
Our team of professionals have significant experience within the commercial sector and understand the huge benefits that a qualified hands-on accounts team can bring to every industry.
Garry Mumford FCCA - Director
Garry is a highly experienced finance manager/director and one of the founding partners of Insight Associates, in 1992. He has held a number of senior financial roles in a variety of organisations, including Finance Directorships in both independent and family owned businesses.
Garry is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), member of the Institute of Directors, and a long standing Director of the Turnaround Management Association in the UK.
He has significant experience in change management, turnarounds, systems development and implementation, company acquisitions and disposals, as well as being a skilled facilitator in strategic planning and development situations.
Garry is of course part of both the client delivery team and the office support team - with overall responsibility for marketing, business development and driving the business forward.
In his spare time Garry is passionate about the Talyllyn Railway - the first railway in the world to be preserved by volunteers, where he is treasurer/accountant and board member.
Claire Ansbridge - Director
Claire joined Insight Associates in November 2002 and is responsible for the client delivery team. She has a wealth of experience gained in traditional commercial and industrial environments. She has held key financial roles in a number of organisations with a wide variety of responsibilities.
Being extremely pragmatic and focussed she is a skilled project leader and team builder. As a clear thinker she has a proven track record of delivering project objectives and building strong lasting relationships with our clients.
She has led a number of successful turnaround and change management projects, receiving strong plaudits from our clients.
In her spare time she enjoys sport and has impressive baking skills - her Victoria Sponge is an office favourite!
Simon Hammond BA FCCA - Finance Manager
Simon joined Insight Associates client delivery team from Plymouth University in 2003 having gained a "high achiever" Degree in Accounting and Finance. He is also qualified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
For over a decade Simon has worked closely with clients from a wide variety of industries to ensure their daily financial management and accounting needs are met. Operating to regular deadlines and timescales he is held in high regard by them, gaining many accolades from clients as a trusted and valued member of their in-house teams.
In his spare time he is a doting father who is keen on sport and socialising.
Shirley Hoy - Marketing Manager
Shirley joined the Insight Associates office support team in March 2003. She has a wealth of marketing and administration experience across a wide variety of commercial environments.
As a creative thinker and administrator she is responsible for the implementation of Insight Associates marketing strategy including social media, copy writing, websites, networking and exhibitions. She is also responsible for managing all support and back office functions and keeps up her accouting skills by looking after Insight Associates Accounts.
In her spare time she enjoys travel, photography and cooking.
Cara Taylor - Finance Assistant
Cara joined Insight Associates in 2011 as a Finance Assistant. She is a confident, reliable individual who likes to complete tasks and has quickly established herself as an integral part of the client delivery team.
She brings with her a wealth of experience gained in both the private and public sector. Her AAT qualifications were gained at Chelmsford college and she has completed a National Diploma in Business.
Cara likes to travel and in her spare time she continues her studies. She is also a keen fitness fanatic who is often found working hard at her local gym.
Dominic Noakes BSc MSc - Finance Assistant
Dominic joined the Insight Associates client delivery team in March 2013 having gained some commercial experience at a City of London Accountancy and Law Practice.
He has a Masters Degree in Sports Business Management plus a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of East Anglia and is a welcome addition to the team.
In his spare time he continues with his studies and is a sports enthusiast - regularly playing football and coaching tennis. He loves eating out too!
Sian Thain - Office Assistant
Sian joined the Insight Associates office support team directly from college in November 2012. At Insight Associates she is the first point of contact for visitors to our premises and via the telephone.
Sian regularly co-ordinates and attends the local networking group Bishop's Stortford Breakfast Club and her meticulous and methodical approach stands her in good stead when providing support to all team members.
In her spare time she loves socialising and driving her new car. She has the neatest handwriting out of us all and makes a great cup of Java!
We usually work with independent businesses with a turnover between £2/3m and £10m who are in their ‘adolescent’ phase of development. They have grown out of the ‘infancy’ stage and have an ambition for growth and/or change.
Historically the business owner/manager has taken responsibility for the finances perhaps with assistance from a book-keeper. The information produced has primarily been used to meet statutory demands with a limited contribution to the understanding and development of the business.
In order to improve the performance of the business or drive it forward to the next phase of development the business owner identifies a need for timely, reliable management accounts information together with proactive support to aid the decision making process and maximise growth potential.
Discussion and thoughts on good financial management and issues for UK small business
Be prepared if you want to collect your cash
The first in our series of occasional white papers aimed at providing practical help to business owners and managers, looks at credit management. The trick is in getting it right, before you give credit, not when the customer will not pay!
What's all the Hubbub About?
15 March 2011
We recently launched a new segment on a local radio program called 'Helping Businesses Better Manage Their Money'. Our feature airs each week as part of The Business Hub which is sponsored by Insight Associates. The 'hubs' concept is to 'Help Anyone in Business Succeed' and it's the first of its kind in the UK.